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2015 August, Fall of Modernism

August 20, 2015: “Fall Of Modernism” launches this autumn from September 2015 to February 2016: a citywide Santa Fe collaboration anchored by the New Mexico Museum of Art and the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum that celebrates the Modernist art movement in America. Ten leading galleries are participating and eight premier Santa Fe hotels are creating packages for travelers.

For information about the exhibitions, related public events, a joint museum ticketing program, and participating hotels please visit

The New Mexico Museum of Art will present two exhibitions, Georgia O'Keeffe In Process and An American Modernism: Painting and Photography. The Georgia O'Keeffe Museum will exhibit From New York to New Mexico: Masterworks Of American Modernism From The Vilcek Foundation Collection.

The New Mexico Museum of Art’s Georgia O'Keeffe In Process opens September 11 to tell the story of the artist's working technique. Visitors will see preliminary sketches and photographs alongside finished works to demonstrate the steps, thinking, and technical art-making process of this 20th Century New Mexico Master.
Artworks span the artist's entire career and include more than 50 paintings, drawings, and supporting materials from both the New Mexico Museum of Art and the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum collections making this a rare opportunity to see many of these works together in one space. The exhibition runs through January 17, 2016.

An American Modernism opens October 2, 2015 and runs through February 21, 2016 at the New Mexico Museum of Art. Prints, drawings, photographs, and paintings from the 1920s and 1930s explore how artists struggled to forge a distinctively American voice in the visual arts. Some believed that American art should be identified with the precision and dynamism of the machine age, but others rejected industrialization and commercialism for the perceived authenticity of nature and rural life. The tensions between these motives and the artistic vocabulary of modernism are showcased in this rich selection.

The Georgia O'Keeffe Museum's From New York to New Mexico: Masterworks Of American Modernism From The Vilcek Foundation Collection, September 25, 2015 through January 10, 2016, shows works drawn from the collections of the Vilcek Foundation, New York, one of the country's greatest collections of American Modernism.

A century ago, American art experienced radical change as a group of innovative, highly-individualistic artists broke with past traditions to define a new art for this country—an art that expressed the energy, vitality, and singular identity of modern America. The artists who led that change are highlighted in this exhibition organized by the Philbrook Museum of Art.

Looking Forward Looking Back will be on view from September 11, 2015 to January 17, 2016 at the New Mexico Museum of Art. This exhibition looks back at historic works by significant women artists in the museum's collection while it looks forward to new projects by contemporary feminist artists. The historic selection includes works by Louise Bourgeois, Eleanor Antin, Eva Hesse, Ana Mendieta, Juan Quick-to-See-Smith, and Beatrice Wood. Contemporary artists Angela Ellsworth, Ligia Bouton, and Micol Hebron bring the exhibition to the present—and future.


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